One of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams, wrote about his publishers’ deadlines: “I love deadlines; I love the whooshing sound they make as they pass by!”
Deadlines that are set for your projects can be a helpful driver or a fearful hinderance. Depending on your work style, you can either welcome the focussed nature of a piece of work that has a definite finishing point, or be distracted to the point of madness with the pressurised combination of worry and need for perfection.
When you’re about to set a deadline, always do it consciously. Stop, pause and consider the value of the deadline before acting. Here are some do’s and don’ts regarding deadlines:
Creating a proper mindset for deadlines is possible if the planning of the journey is considered and realistic. Making the deadlines unrealistic affects the thought processes required to achieve it by building too much pressure. Allowing yourself and others the time to achieve reduces the pressure cooker affect and encourages creative ideas to flow. The result should be a well-constructed, thoughtful journey that gets results.
Head of Training
Originally published: 17 September, 2012